World Scrabble Champion 2017 has been announced!
The Old Museum, Nottingham Conference Centre, Sunday 27th August 2017 - After competing against some of the most accomplished and enthusiastic Scrabble players from over 26 countries and across 3 intense rounds of the MSI World Championships, Australian born David Eldar, 27, who now lives in London, has claimed the ultimate title and is this year’s World Scrabble Champion.
David was declared the winner after a nail-biting final, beating runner-up, Sri Lankan born Harshan Lamabadusurilya from West London, 3-0 in the best of 5 final. As if becoming the World Scrabble Champion wasn’t enough, David will also be taking home the prize fund of £7,000.
The crucial word that sealed this year’s championship was ‘carrels’ (a desk) scoring 74. Other interesting words played throughout the final included; ‘obvs’ (slang: obvious), scoring 10 and ‘asinicos’ (stupid fellows), scoring 64.
Following this remarkable final David commented: “This means a lot to me, I went into the third game with a huge mental advantage having won both previous games, so I knew I just had to keep focused and if the tiles went in my favour I could clinch it!”
David has been playing Scrabble for 14 years and is currently ranked No.2 in the world. He works in real estate in London and has lived in the UK for seven years.
Runner up Harshan will take home £3,000. Harshan is ranked 16th in the world and has been playing Scrabble for over 20 years.
The World Scrabble Championship final took place today at The Old Museum, Nottingham, UK in association with Mattel and Mindsports International.